Museum of Broadcast Communications (or
MBC) does not currently exist in a physical
location, but is planned to be located in Chicago,
mission is "to collect, preserve, and present historic and
contemporary radio and television content as well as educate,
inform, and entertain through our archives, public programs,
screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to our
The museum is slated to reopen in a building on State and Kinzie
Streets. The new museum building has undergone several delays in
its development due to a fiscal stalemate with the State of
Illinois. It was originally scheduled to open in Spring 2005 and
later in 2009, but its half-completed building was recently slated
to be sold due to lack of funds, which CEO Bruce Dumont
blames on lack of state funds.
The unfinished museum building in May,
Encyclopedia of Television
The MBC maintains an on-line resource called "The Encyclopedia of
. This includes original essays
relating to historic moments and trends, major policy disputes and
such topics as violence, tabloid television and the quiz show
scandal. It also includes histories of major television networks as
well as broadcasting systems around the world and is complemented
by resource materials, photos and bibliographical
The Great Debate and Beyond
Chicago played host to the first presidential debate on television.
The debate between Richard M.
Nixon and John
F. Kennedy took place September 26, 1960, at WBBM-TV's former
studios on McClurg Court.
In the words of historian Theodore White
, "American politics has never
been the same since." The MBC has created an interactive,
multimedia online exhibition celebrating this long relationship
called The "Great Debate and Beyond: The History of Televised
Presidential Debates"